01-13-17 - Hood River County School District Facilities Assessed For Safety

01-13-17 - Hood River County School District Facilities Assessed For Safety
Significant snow levels in Hood River County in recent weeks have forced a number of school closures and delays. Our decisions to operate or not have all been made with student safety as our top priority. In light of the storms, we have been monitoring and analyzing our facilities to ensure our students and staff remain safe, warm, and dry.

You may know that in Bend this week, an elementary school gym roof collapsed because of the heavy snow load. Fortunately, the building was unoccupied at the time of the collapse and no one was injured. Our thoughts go out to the staff and families in Bend as they deal with the ramifications of repair, rebuilding, and finding alternate locations to teach students.

Hood River County School District maintenance staff, our construction bond project manager, and administrative officials have spent time over the last few days (in consultation with a structural engineer and architects) analyzing the snow load on our roofs, ensuring drains are clear and functioning, and determining if the weight on the roofs is exceeding design standards. Today, every facility was directly inspected and we are pleased to report a sense of confidence and relief that our facilities are faring well.

We will continue to communicate information about school closures, make-up days, and more as the winter weather season continues. When it is overcast outside, just know that it is bright and vibrant inside our schools. We hope that you stay safe and warm.